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Full text of "Annual Evaluation Report Fiscal Year 1984"

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C. Costs, Benefits, and Effectiveness (Continued)

cord injury, arthrogryposis, muscular dystrophy, blindness and other visual
impairments, deafness and other hearing impairments, head trauma, learning
disabilities, and multiple severe disabilities. Projects also coordinate
existing services to more effectively reach target groups, and conduct
outreach and support activities for those who are not yet receiving rehabil-
itation services.

Impact on State Practices: According to program office data, successful
project methods and techniques are frequently incorporated into State
vocational rehabilitation agency programs, sustained with non-Federal
dollars, and used in part or whole throughout a State. For example, one
State rehabilitation agency improved services for low-functioning, multiply-
handicapped deaf and severely hearing-impaired persons. It did this by
enlisting the help of existing community service agencies that were not
previously involved.

Reported Treatment Gains: According to program data, a substantial number
of severely disabled persons, in all categories, have benefited from
vocational rehabilitation and placement services demonstrated by funded
projects.

Direct Cost Benefits: Program staff report that many grants awarded under
this program have resulted in cost benefits. One example of a cost benefit
is a State rehabilitation agency that uses a mobile evaluation unit to serve
clients residing in remote, rural areas where traditional vocational testing
services are unavailable. The unit, equipped with a wheelchair lift, has
computerized vocational evaluation and career guidance information systems.
Through the use of the mobile unit, services were provided to 60 clients in
the first year. The cost of the services was far less than that required
to transport clients (sometimes with a personal care attendant) to urban
areas where such services are available.

D,, E., F.

No new information.

III. RESPONSE TO GEPA 417(b)

No studies related to this program are currently in progress.

Contacts for Further Information

Program operations and studies: Robert E. Jones, (202) 732-1345
Program studies: Ann Weinheimer, (202) 245-8877dministra-